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What was your first pedal/effects unit?

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by gtone, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. gtone

    gtone

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    I remember well - a friend had brought the Electro-Harmonix flyer to school that he'd ordered from the back of a magazine in '77. After considering all the options carefully, I opted for the Big Muff Pi, $39.99 + postage. Only took about 2 wks to receive it, including postage there/back (Cda Post was more efficient in those days!).

    I was dazzled by that shiny thing, but it seemed to steer the material I was learning/playing a bit as I wanted to incorporate it somehow into every song, probably why my bandmates at the time didn't dig it as much as I did (chuckle).
     
  2. bw66

    bw66

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    I'm pretty sure that it was my Boss DS-1 distortion pedal that I probably bought around 1980. I bought it at Cosmo Music when it was on Yonge Street. Still have and use it.
     
  3. blam

    blam

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    I think it was a big muff because I loved jack white fuzz tones.

    or maybe an OCD? I don't recall.
     
  4. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    I have no idea - I know it was some sort of fuzz/distortion pedal, and I know it sounded good, but it was almost 35 years ago and I stopped playing for 12-14 years shortly afterwards :(
     
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Gold Member

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    I'm pretty sure my first pedal was a Univox Square Wave (fuzz/distortion/dirt - they didn't make the same distinctions in the 70s.)
     
  6. Ti-Ron

    Ti-Ron Gold Member

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    Dod - Grunge... Guess why! :P
     
  7. Adcandour

    Adcandour Gold Member

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    My parents bought me an ibanez pt-5 to take my mind off the fact I had fried my mind.

    It was super nice of them. I loved it at the time (even though I couldn't really use it), but it was pretty poor quality.


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  8. jimmythegeek

    jimmythegeek

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    I bought a Korg A5 multi fx that I still regret selling (unbelievable plate reverb sounds) and an Ibanez OT-10 octave box. Just traded the octave recently. Only stomped on it a couple times a year so I couldn't justify keeping it but man it was cool!
     
  9. vadsy

    vadsy

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    Ibanez AD-80 and a Boss SD-1, didn't even own an electric so I put a spring loaded pickup in my acoustic. The SD didn't last but I held on to the AD until a couple of years ago, sold it and bought it back in a short span basically. Pretty much why I'm all about delay in everything I play.
     
  10. jdguitarbuilder

    jdguitarbuilder

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    Same as Merlin Univox square wave, Wish I still had it!
     
  11. Diablo

    Diablo

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    pedal was a Boss distortion thingy that when you held the footswitch down, would sustain the note indefinitely. Wasn't what I expected, I just wanted more sustain across the board, not an artificial sounding single tone.
    EDIT: The guys below had the same one- Boss Super Feedbacker and Distortion DF-2.
    Didn't really work for me, but could have been my crappy Traynor SS amp or just my bad ears at the time ;)

    Then I saved up what seemed like a ton of money in the late 80's (about $1200) and got a Roland GP-8 rack mount multi-fx with footswitch. Still have them, but never use them.
     
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  12. bw66

    bw66

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    It just occurred to me that you can buy a DS-1 for less money now than it cost in 1980. I think they run about $60 now and I'm pretty sure I paid about $100!
     
  13. gtrguy

    gtrguy

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  14. hollowbody

    hollowbody

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    Toronto, ON
    Good ol' Boss DS-1 for me!
     
  15. Mr Yerp

    Mr Yerp Gold Member

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    Victoria B.C.
    Unknown brand fuzz pedal. Long gone....
     

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